AUTHOR = SCOT GARDNER
GENRE = MYSTERY, IDENTITY
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 9 AND UP
Aaron is an unusual boy – he seldom speaks, he sometimes needs to be reminded about basic social niceties (like saying “please” and “thank you”) and he has just started working at a local funeral parlour. Home life for Aaron is equally odd: he lives in a caravan with Mam, who appears to be his mum but whose dementia means she is the one who needs mothering. To make matters worse, Aaron is a sleepwalker – often waking from his dreadful nightmares to find he has wandered far from home. So the reader is soon fascinated by Aaron and his daily struggles. We watch with sympathy as he tries to navigate the often painful task of dealing with the dead in his new job. But we also begin to wander about those snippets of nightmares that are gradually revealed: clearly Aaron has either seen something truly horrible or he has done something truly horrible… and the novel becomes a real page turner as we race to solve this mystery. A brilliant and moving book.
Highly Recommended (dma) *****